Wednesday, July 29, 2009

ConocoPhillips Profit Drops 76% After Oil and Gas Plunge

ConocoPhillips, the third biggest U.S. oil company, said second quarter profit fell 76 percent after the recession spurred a collapse in energy prices. Net income dropped to $1.3 billion, or 87 cents a share, from $5.44 billion, or $3.50, a year earlier, Houston based ConocoPhillips said today in a statement. Excluding such one time items as a $192 million gain on the company’s Lukoil investment, profit was about 85 cents share, 1 cent higher than the average of 15 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. U.S. oil futures plunged by more than half, averaging $59.79 a barrel, and gas prices fell 67 percent. ConocoPhillips is cutting its capital spending 37 percent this year and said in January that it would reduce its workforce by 4 percent.....Complete Story

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